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Intrepid Launches New Trips To East Arnhem Land

May 23, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Working in partnership with the Yolngu people, Intrepid Travel is to launch a new community-based trip in the remote East Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory. With the Yolngu culture, customs and way of life being the focus of the trip, the experience will give travellers from near and far a chance to be immersed in this picturesque corner of Australia that is home to incredible cultural, linguistic and environmental riches.

Visiting the remote coastal communities of Nyinyikay, Bremer Island and Nhulunbuy (also known as Gove), the ancient culture of the Saltwater people is the cornerstone of this 7-day trip. Staying as guests of the Yolngu, travellers will get the chance to camp with Traditional Owners, hear Dreamtime stories, learn how to hunt, fish and forage, and see first-hand why the unique art from this region is highly sought-after by collectors around the world.

“Nyinyikay is a very unique area, there’s not many places around in Arnhem Land that is like this, with big cliffs, with a view of water right at your doorstep. Yolngu have been living here for thousands of generations. The lifestyle’s changed a bit, but the knowledge is ancient.” says Marcus Lacey, a young leader of Yolngu Customary and Ngärra Law who lives with his family on the homeland community of Nyinyikay.

“This is a new day for us. We want to be able to use tourism as a vehicle for connecting with other people. Come here, sit with us, walk with us, eat with us. This is the real Aboriginal Australia.”

As leaders in community-based tourism Intrepid Travel have collaborated with remote Indigenous communities to set up small-scale tourism enterprises around the world, including a partnership with Aboriginal Olkola Corporation, which allows travellers to Journey into Olkola Country, in the heart of the Cape York Peninsula as guests of the Traditional Owners who regained control of their country in 2014.

“This is real Australia. There are no luxury tented camps with Wi-Fi coverage in this part of the country, but it is an enriching cultural experience even for Australian travellers.” says Brett Mitchell, Intrepid’s Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand.

“Connecting people is what Intrepid is all about and we’re incredibly proud to be able to work with the Yolngu people to bring travellers to this truly remote part of Australia. It is an absolute privilege to camp under the star-filled skies in the same untouched wilderness that the Yolngu people’s ancestors walked.”

The inaugural 7-day trip will take place on August 31, 2017 and the second trip departs on September 10, 2017.

Journey into Arnhem Land

7 days from $5,995 AUD per person

Learn about the Yolngu way of life on this immersive trip that journeys deep into the heart of East Arnhem Land. Camp under the stars with Traditional Owners in Nyinyikay, sit around the campfire and listen to Dreamtime stories, tuck into fresh fish caught and cooked in the wild paradise of Bremer Island, learn how to hunt, fish and forage with locals, and admire world-class art made with natural pigments at Yirrkala Art Centre. A unique chance to discover an underappreciated corner of Australia as guests of the Yolngu people, this trip represents a rare opportunity for hardy travellers keen to uncover parts of Australia not visited by many. Arnhem Land remains the same untouched, so accommodation is camping with basic facilities. This is an ultimate bush experience.

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